original




When you buy a car from its original owner, you know it’s only been owned by one person. Original means “the very first.”

Original comes from the Latin word originem, which means “beginning or birth.” Whether you’re using it as an adjective to describe something that is literally the very first, or as a noun meaning something that serves as a model for making copies, original means “first.” Even when you describe an original idea, meaning “something fresh or unusual,” you’re talking about the first idea of its kind.

Definitions of original
  1. adjective

    preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed

    “the
    original inhabitants of the Americas”
    “the book still has its
    original binding”
    “restored the house to its
    original condition”
    “the
    original performance of the opera”
    “the
    original cast”
    “retracted his
    original statement”
    Synonyms:

    first

    preceding all others in time or space or degree
  2. adjective

    being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

    “a truly
    original approach”
    “with
    original music”
    “an
    original mind”
    Synonyms:

    unconventional

    not conforming to accepted rules or standards
    creative, originative

    having the ability or power to create
    first

    preceding all others in time or space or degree
    avant-garde, daring

    radically new or original
    freehand, freehanded

    done by hand without mechanical aids or devices
    fresh, new, novel

    original and of a kind not seen before
    germinal, originative, seminal

    containing seeds of later development
    groundbreaking, innovational, innovative

    being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before
    new, newfangled

    (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new
    underivative

    not derivative or imitative
    primary

    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
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    Antonyms:

    unoriginal

    not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
    conventional

    following accepted customs and proprieties
    uncreative

    not creative
    stale

    lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
    banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    bromidic, corny, platitudinal, platitudinous

    dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality
    cliched, ready-made

    repeated regularly without thought or originality
    cold, dusty, moth-eaten, stale

    lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
    slavish

    blindly imitative
    secondary

    being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
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  3. adjective

    not derived or copied or translated from something else

    “the play is
    original
    “he kept the
    original copy and gave her only a xerox”
    “the translation misses much of the subtlety of the
    original French”
    Synonyms:

    underived

    not derived; primary or simple
  4. adjective

    (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary

    “his work is based on only
    original, not secondary, sources”
    Synonyms:

    primary

    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
  5. noun

    an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

    synonyms:
    master, master copy
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    type of:

    creation

    an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

  6. noun

    something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

    “this painting is a copy of the
    original
    synonyms:
    archetype, pilot
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    type of:

    example, model

    a representative form or pattern

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